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A Final Year for Saquon Barkely and The Giants?

Barkley’s potential resigning, if he’ll play in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Courtesy of Michael Shapiro

He’s quick on his feet, he’ll juke you out on the field if you’re not careful. He’ll slip past or over you in a second. And just as he gets the ball, he already seems to be a few yards away from the end zone.

For the last five seasons, New York Giants Running Back Saquon Barkley has been one of the most productive backs in the league. The moment he came in as a rookie, the league could tell that he was talented. His quick speed, the ability to race past defenders, and his hurdles. Something that could be one of his most important skills.

Barkley was consistent during his first two years in the NFL, having over 1,000 yards. However, during Week 2 against the Bears in the 2020-21 season, Barkley tore his ACL, which kept him out for the rest of the season. Barkley recovered from the injury and came back for the next season. He would start in 13 games of which he all played but then was placed on COVID-19 protocol.

Photo by Chris Szagola

As of now during the 2023 offseason, Barkley and The Giants have until July 17 to come to terms with a long-term contract, or Barkley is able to sit out the season and will become a free agent.

Despite having a lot of injuries in his NFL career, Barkley was able to turn things around, especially after his unfortunate ACL tear in 2020. He was still producing a good amount of yards per season.

Now, it’s just a matter of whether or not he will have a long-term deal with the team he’s been with since he first entered the league.

While Barkley and other players on the Giants have proven to be a strong part of the team, it seems like for the past few years, they haven’t been able to get far. Between the four teams in the NFC East, it’s always been a battle between The Cowboys and Eagles onto who will win their division, and now it looks like the Eagles will be putting up more of a fight with how much their team has improved in the last 2 years, especially with young Quarterback Jalen Hurts.

But as long as he’s been on the team, Barkley’s time in New York could be over. If they do not come to terms with a long-term deal, he won’t play. After being hurt a few times in his career, and the Giants’ season never really turning out well, I believe Barkely belongs on a team that will take his talents and uses them the right way. On a team that he can be a part of to win a championship.

Yes, there are players other than Saquon that are good with the Giants, but with him, it just seems like he’d be good with another team. He’s been hurt too many times, his playing is limited because of those injuries. And even with his talents on the team, it doesn’t seem like they are getting anywhere.

Barkley is a good running back, one that is good enough that he deserves a good chance at not only making the playoffs but going beyond them and even making it to the Super Bowl.

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